Biodiversity Fellowships

The Earth Journalism Network’s biodiversity fellowships are one of three components of our three-year Biodiversity Media Initiative, which aims to support media reporting on threats to wild species and novel conservation approaches.

Each fellowship program will take a group of journalists to an international conference that focuses on biodiversity and conservation issues. Selected participants will be able to use the conference to develop sources and story ideas, network with other journalists, and report on news from conservation organisations, governments and researchers.

So far, the biodiversity fellowships have:

  • Taken 16 journalists to the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii in August 2016.
  • Taken 10 journalists to the 13th Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in Cancun, Mexico in December 2016
  • Taken 10 journalists to the 28th International Congress for Conservation Biology, in Cartagena, Colombia in July 2017.

Through the fellowships, the journalists produced more than 170 stories for their home media outlets.

The Biodiversity Media Initiative runs from 2016-2018 and is funded by Arcadia — a charitable fund of Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing.

Funding for IUCN fellowship was supplemented by a grant in support of indigenous journalists provided by the Full Circle Fund of RSF Social Finance. Funding for the CBD fellowship was supplemented by support from the secretariat of the Convention of Biological Diversity, the Global Environment Facility and the Full Circle Fund of RSF Social Finance.

The Earth Journalism Network will publicize future fellowship opportunities here.


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